Foster care is pure, fierce love

When a child is removed from their home, they need love and support more than ever. If you’re the kind of person who can provide this love while supporting family reunification, we invite you to learn how you can change their lives.
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The truth about foster care

During a crisis, a child needs a family to be with them, to listen to them, and to love them unconditionally. Right now, over 100,000 kids in the U.S. need a foster family to embody relentless love.

It's not about you; it's about the child. Foster care will challenge you to be selfless, committed, and resilient. But at the same time, it's remarkably rewarding. Through it all, you're never alone. We provide ongoing support every step of the way.

How to become a foster parent

Qualifications

  1. Be a couple or single adult over the age of 21.
  2. Have a stable housing situation, whether you rent or own.
  3. Demonstrate positive parenting skills.
  4. Work with us to achieve goals for your child in foster care.
  5. Have a sense of humor (and a lot of love to give).

Orientation

You'll attend a meeting that provides a foster care overview, including information about policies, procedures, and the needs of the children.

Training

Our ongoing training program prepares you to become a foster parent, covering topics such as:

  • Understanding trauma
  • Managing behavior
  • Engaging your support system
  • Interacting with parents

Licensing

Once you complete your application and background check, you'll begin receiving home visits from your caseworker.

Placement

If you are licensed for a broad age range, you can expect placement soon. The average placement lasts between 12-20 months. Bethany offers ongoing training and support, even after placement.

Resources you can rely on

You deserve information you can trust. Explore our collection of articles and blogs designed to help you and your family thrive.

Download our free ebook

If you're feeling scared or anxious about becoming a foster parent, you're completely normal. Discover answers to your big questions about foster care.

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Attend a Meeting

Information is power. When you attend a foster care meeting in your area, you'll dive in deep, ask questions and discover if foster care is right for you.

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When you’re ready to take the next step, we'll connect you with a foster care specialist in your area. You'll also be emailed a packet of additional information.

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